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Our Commitment: Why we are Taking the Lead on Community Health

A Message from Ed Ness:

A monumental shift has taken place in health care in recent years. Historically, health care has focused on taking care of people after they become ill or injured. Today, we still provide care for people who need help healing, but we also are focusing more intently on helping people become healthy and stay healthy. 

It makes sense to take this approach for a couple of reasons. First, it’s just better for people to be healthy and live full lives. Second, health care costs have skyrocketed and we need to find ways to reduce costs and provide necessary care more efficiently. One key way to do that is to keep people out of the hospital, which is the most expensive place for anyone to receive care.

We will never eliminate all illnesses, disease, and injuries. However, we can encourage people to take charge of their own health by making healthy choices. We want to partner with everyone in northern Michigan by providing the resources, tools, tips, and services they need to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and avoid chronic disease. 

Many of today’s most prevalent health issues can be avoided by getting healthy amounts of nutrition, exercise, hydration, and sleep. People who smoke or carry extra weight are at risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and a host of other health issues that diminish their life and are expensive to treat.

Our new “Choose (to be) Well” campaign focuses on good health. It’s not about what size clothing you wear – it’s about how healthy you are. Everyone has their own personal healthy weight and it is not necessarily about BMI – it’s about making your health a priority. 

We don’t recommend making drastic changes to improve your health. We believe success and better health comes from setting small, realistic goals. For instance, not everyone needs to join a gym. But everyone can choose to park farther from the door or take a flight of steps rather than the elevator. Sometimes you can choose an apple instead of a cupcake. The old adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away was not just something grandma liked to say – it was based in science.

Small choices do add up. We want to help. Please take a look at our Resources Guide for some of the great ideas, tips, and programs that can help you feel better, stronger, and healthier. 

We’re rooting for you and wish you all the best!

Healthy Living Resources